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Pennsylvania School Immunization Requirements

Pennsylvania School Immunization Requirements

For attendance in ALL grades, children need the following:

  • 4 doses of tetanus, diptheria, and acellular pertussis* (1 dose on or after 4th birthday)
  • 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after the 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous dose given)**
  • 2 doses of measles, mumps, rubella***
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or evidence of immunity

*Usually given as DTP or DTaP or if medically advisable, DT or Td

**A fourth dose is not necessary if the third dose was administered at age 4 years or older and at least 6 months after the previous dose.

***Usually given as MMR

For attendance in 7th grade:

  • 1 dose of tetanus, diptheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) on the first day of 7th grade.
  • 1 dose of meningococcal conjuate vaccine (MCV) on the first day of 7th grade.

For attendance in 12th grade:

  • Second dose of MCV on the first day of 12th grade.


These requirements allow for the following exemptions: medical reason, religious belief, or philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction. Even if you child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be excluded from school during an outbreak of vaccine preventable disease.

* Click here for Lehighton Area School District's Communicable Diseases and Immunizations Policy.​​​​​​​